20 December 2018
YOURSAY | ‘Pointing fingers at Waytha reeks of racism and irresponsibility.’
Anonymous_b3cdcd05: Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy is spot on.
What wrong has Minister of National Unity and Social Wellbeing P Waythamoorthy done for him to resign? What has firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death got to do with him?
What is even worse is that the call for Waytha’s resignation comes from Umno and PAS leaders who are the biggest cause of disunity in the country.
One party thrives on racism by branding the non-Malays as ‘pendatang’ and enriching themselves, while the other Arab-wannabe bigots brand the non-Malays as ‘kafir’ and seek to drive a wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims.
These parasites of society, who are solely responsible for all the hatred and disunity among the races, should be ashamed of themselves for demanding Waytha’s resignation.
All Waytha did was to clarify the true position of the temple fracas that had been reported by the police as “a clash between two Indian factions”. If he had not clarified this, the consequences would have been worse as the temple devotees were angered by the lies being spread.
If Waytha has to resign for speaking the truth, then all the racists and bigots, who have been making a living by pitting the Malays against the non-Malays for the last six decades, must go first.
Indians should not be made scapegoats for Adib’s death to appease some fanatics in Umno and PAS.
Abasir: These calls for Waythamoorthy’s head are coming from PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s so-called New Malaysia.
They are coming from the same scum that Mahathir is inviting into his mosquito party of desperadoes.
Fairplayer: Don’t stray from the core issue. Adib has died. Justice demands that the murderers be apprehended and sentenced. Pointing fingers at Waytha reeks of racism and irresponsibility.
Jasper: Yes, there is no need for Waythamoorthy to resign because of this. But I would join the call for his resignation if he doesn’t come up with a detailed and implementable plan within the next three to six months to improve national unity.
Then, it becomes an issue of having a figurehead who cannot perform.
Quigonbond: What Waytha needs is better public relations. He should have published a chronology of the fracas in his statements – facts will prevail.
OceanMaster: For 61 years, no proper governance was in place. I am proud to see people of (Waytha’s) standing – a minority with no real political backing – picked as a member of the cabinet.
That is an achievement in itself, not only for the individual but for democracy.
Cogito Ergo Sum: For 61 years, instead of national unity, Umno/BN nurtured a divided Malaysia, pushing its racial and bigoted policies effectively. The Seafield episode is the culmination of those structured policies.
Indeed, why should Waythamoorthy quit over this one episode which he had nothing to do with? You expect him to achieve national unity and undo 61 years of Umno’s handiwork?
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19 December 2018
| Why are there loud calls from both the opposition and some Harapan component parties for the resignation of National Unity Minister and Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy?
These calls came immediately after the unfortunate death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who was seriously hurt in the Seafield estate temple fracas that took place in the wee hours of Nov 26, 2018, in Subang Jaya.
While one PKR leader urged Waythamoorthy to resign for failing to achieve national unity, others from Bersatu, Umno and PAS argued that Waythamoorthy, by issuing statements not in support of the police, might have contributed to the fracas that took place in the temple. They also wanted him to tender his resignation.
The actual temple fracas that took place was as a result of the thugs sent, allegedly by the landowner, to demolish the temple. It was this attempt that angered the devotees, leading to fights and torching of several cars until the situation was brought under control by the police.
Was Waythamoorthy behind this fracas and did he inflame the delicate situation? The answer is no.
What was Waythamoorthy’s role in the temple matter?
It was only after the police came out with a statement that the fight was between two Indian groups that Waythamoorthy, together with other Harapan leaders of Indian ethnicity, refuted the initial findings of the police to say that it was not a fight between two Indian groups but a clash between hired thugs and devotees.
Should Waythamoorthy and other Indian leaders resign for making a correct analysis of the situation and for correcting the police?
Did Waythamoorthy – by correcting the police version of events – exacerbate the situation and therefore should he be made to resign? This something far-fetched and totally illogical.
I don’t think he or any anybody inflamed the ground situation and it would be extremely far-fetched and totally absurd to link him to the Adib’s unfortunate death. Wathyamoorthy might not have played an active role in managing the situation because of the involvement of certain groups and parties bent on tarnishing the image of the Harapan government.
The matter developed to an extent where voices of moderation had no role; it was either that one was with temple committee or against it.
Waythamoorthy is not a superhero who can bring about national unity with his Hindraf magic. It is childish or even naive to ask for his resignation for failing to bring about national unity. This question should be addressed to our Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Umno and PAS leaders asking Waythamoorthy to resign is a rather cheap shot. For leaders who have lost all dignity and shame for not questioning the 1MDB debacle, asking for the ouster of Indian leaders reflects their tainted characters.
Waythamoorthy, on his part, must pluck up the courage to defend his stand on the temple matter. Don’t expect Mahathir to come to the defence.
RAMASAMY PALANISAMY is Perai assemblyperson.
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